Travel Spotlight: Lou Guan Tai, China
When most people mention Xi’an, it’s usually to speak about the famous Terracotta Warrior statues found in the tomb of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di. While the Terracotta Warriors are majestic and impressive, they’re not the only thing Xi’an has to offer.
The Giant Panda is an animal with which we are all very familiar, but it has been sadly been battling extinction. If you’re a lover of animals and desire a once-in-a-lifetime experience of being up close and personal with the Giant Panda, Xi’an is for you!
The Lou Guan Tai Wild Animal Protection Centre houses many vulnerable and endangered species including he Giant Panda, the Golden-Haired Monkey and the Takin (a kind of goat-antelope). The Lou Guan Tai Center affords dedicated travelers the opportunity to feed and care for the Giant Pandas every day in a preservation setting. Keeping the pandas happy and healthy helps promote breeding, so you’ll be assisting their climb away from the endangered list! You may even be asked to assist in research!
Lou Guan Tai village is a quick 1.5 hours from Xi’an. While in Lou Guan Tia, you can learn about local Chinese culture and cuisine.
The Lou Guan Tai Centre accepts only volunteers (not visitors) and extended tours (about 2 weeks), but the commitment is well worth the warm, fuzzy feeling you’ll get knowing you’ve helped preserve an endangered animal (an adorable endangered animal!). You can schedule a tour through Real Gap
or Trip Advisor
The Lou Guan Tai Centre is easily accessible by bus. There is a 60-90 minute bus reide from Fengqinglu Bus Station (also know as Shuisi Bus Station) that goes directly to the Center. You may also take the Huan Shan Tour Bus No.1 from the North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda.